March to address increase in assault cases

2019-04-10 06:00
PHOTO: lethiwe MakhanyaPolice officers in Imbali Unit 2 last Friday.

PHOTO: lethiwe MakhanyaPolice officers in Imbali Unit 2 last Friday.

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ASSAULT with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm cases have become problematic in areas serviced by Plessislaer Police Station.

This was revealed by Vispol Head Colonel Thandeka Mbele last Thursday when they held a march to raise awareness about crime.

The event started with a motorcade at Ashdown and ended at Imbali Unit 2 with a march to engage with the community.

This awareness campaign was conducted by Plessislaer Police Station together with CPF, Youth Desk and other stakeholders.

Mbele said the purpose of the march was to show the community that they are determined to fight crime, and also encouraged them to work together.

“We went to areas where we saw that crime is on the rise.

“The cases that are most problematic and that are reported daily at our station are assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, stealing of cars, killings, usage of firearms, robberies, domestic violence and vigilantism.

“In the research that we did we found that most of most of the assault cases are caused by lack of tolerance. People do not tolerate each other. Once they engage in an argument it leads to assault very quickly,” she said.

Mbele said they decided to engage with Imbali Unit 2 community members because stats shows that crime is very high in this area.

Last month three people, including former Msunduzi traffic officer Sfiso Gwala, were shot dead while watching television and no one has been arrested.

“We want the community to work together with us because the police can not fight crime alone. There are people who have came forward to report crime but we also want those with the information to come forward as well so that we can fight crime together.

“Criminals come from our families and we know them, they are from our communities,” she said.

Imbali Unit 2 councillor Caiphus Ndawonde said they are very happy that the police came to visit and raise awareness about the crime.

“Crime is on the rise in our area and our wish is for this campaign to be an on-going event.

“Crime does only happen in one specific area but it happens to the whole location and that is why it is important for us to have these awarenesses in the whole ward, not just one area,” he said.

Plessislaer Community Policing Forum chairman, Sfiso Mavundla, said they focused mostly on zone 1 to zone 3 because that is where most crimes occur.

While other residents were happy about the operation, others were not impressed and accused police of wasting time by hosting a motorcade instead of doing proper police work.

One of the resident was heard saying: “How is this going to help you. You are bored.”

“This is nonsense they are just wasting time,” another said.

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